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The Pieces We Keep

Still trying to catch up on all those great 2013 books we recommended? Sorry, we’ve still got a few more to add to that pile. Today, we have Kristina McMorris’s fabulous new novel, The Pieces We Keep. In this her third novel, McMorris returns to the World War II setting of each of her previous […]

Life After Death

Two young women with recently deceased fathers find themselves immersed in relics of the past: these are the striking parallels between the two novels reviewed below.  In Ellen Marie Wiseman’s What She Left Behind, the teenaged heroine is sucked into the past by the journals of another young woman who had been committed to an […]

Weekly Reviews: Historical Fiction & Reviewer Spotlight

Orphan Train

Today we highlight three recent historical novels set in a variety of time periods and locations. I also thought it would be fun to highlight one of our AB4T reviewers, Connie Williams, who has been reviewing historical fiction since the blog began. First, a brief introduction to the reviews. Orphan Train moves between contemporary Maine and […]



T. Greenwood‘s new novel is a family drama centered on four characters. Two are teenagers. Trevor is a 13-year-old boy who is ruthlessly bullied at school, whose world feels best when he is taking photographs. The other is a high school girl reeling from giving her baby up for adoption. T. (Tammy in real life) […]

The Sometimes Daughter

Sherri Wood Emmons‘s new trade paperback original is a beautiful package, with a bright, eye-catching cover and heavy, deckle-edged pages. Emmons’s first novel, Prayers and Lies (Kensington, 2011), was also a coming-of-age, family story, set in rural West Virginia. The Sometimes Daughter could be considered historical fiction; the time period is such an important part of […]

Bridge of Scarlet Leaves

Bridge of Scarlet Leaves

In Kristina McMorris’s second novel 19-year-old Maddie falls in love with her brother’s best friend. Because it is 1941 and her new husband is Japanese-American she is forced to give up her dream of studying violin at Juilliard — while Lane proves his allegiance by enlisting in the military. McMorris is half-Japanese, and carefully researched […]

Don’t Let Me Go

Don't Let me Go

J.H. Trumble’s debut began as a NaNoWriMo novel. It was also written with a YA audience in mind. In an interview on Lambda Literary the author is is asked how she feels about Kensington’s decision to publish the novel as adult, and I thought her response was quite smart. Yes, teens are likely to find it […]